Psymposia is an events group and digital magazine, that focuses on how the big emerging social issues of psychedelic science, drug reform, & harm reduction affect society, law, & medicine.
We think up collaborative projects that have positive social impact, network community, and change perceptions of plants, psychedelics, and psychoactives.
We’ve organized networking events, conferences, parties, fundraisers, and live streaming at lofts, universities, and venues across the country and Europe. We are based on the East Coast, USA. Psymposia was founded by Brian Normand, Brett Greene, & Nathaniel Putnam.
Brian is a Founder of Psymposia, greenthumb, and occasional trouble maker, focused on creating spaces and projects to teach people about plants and drugs.
He graduated from the University of Massachusetts Amherst with a BS in Plant, Soil, Insect Science, & Sustainable Horticulture, Magna Cum Laude. He lives in downtown Baltimore.
Mike is Expansion Director and all around networker at Psymposia.
In his past, Mike was a good model citizen. His travels brought him to the alluring Peruvian Amazon Rainforest that resulted in a trajectory changing experience - he dropped out of Corporate America.
Lex is Host of Psymposia. He's also a drug writer and scientist based in Brooklyn.
His current project, Anandamide or: the Cannabinoid a graphic novel about cannabis (based on Moby Dick), illustrates the beauties of the endocannabinoid system (the Whale), the brutalities of the racist War on Weed (Ahab), and the staggering benefits of medical marijuana to ease the aging of our grandparents
Ros studied English Language & Literature at Oxford University, and volunteered at an occupational therapy unit in Sri Lanka before completing her Masters Degree in Shakespeare and Early Modern Literature at King’s College, London. She has written for VolteFace, Talking Drugs, and Londonist.
Previously Communications Officer at the Beckley Foundation, Ros comes to Psymposia with keen awareness of the relationship between policy and stigma, and a determination to help change the discourse on drugs.
Brett is a Founder of Psymposia and Advisor to the Group.
He enjoys thinking up crazy ideas and seeing them undergo the formality of actual occurring, or as his platonic life partner Lex Pelger likes to say "throwing spaghetti at a wall and seeing what sticks."
He’s always thinking up ways to spread the word about the positive benefits of psychedelics and ending the damage caused by the drug war.
Brett graduated with a BA in English from University of Massachusetts Boston.
Brian is Psychedelic Stories Editor at Psymposia and Head of Content at Round Seven. He is committed to sitting on the beach, watching the sun set, the moon rise and the stars blaze.
He has degrees in English from Rutgers, Brooklyn College, and a PhD from Stanford University. Somewhere in a land near away, a magic carpet awaits, until then Inner Space is Otherworldly.
Olivia is an editor and writer at Psymposia. She has a B.A. in Philosophy and Government from Smith College and is now based out of Boston. She has a passion for pot and public policy and is also an avid rugby player whose hobbies include, tearing down the patriarchy and powerlifting.